“Why Am I Still Breastfeeding” is part of a “Real Mom Moment” series where I talk about the joys and struggles of being a mom. Past posts include “Balancing Motherhood with Ambition”
Confession: I am still breastfeeding my toddler.
My 22-month-old toddler to be exact and this wasn’t “supposed” to happen.
I hated breastfeeding in the beginning and was ready to stop nursing that first month until I found about nipple shields (life saver!). When I returned to work, pumping was stressful but I kept on breastfeeding exclusively until she was 6 months. I intended to stop nursing when I left my job (my daughter was 10-months), but being a stay-at-home mom made it easier to breastfeed. At that point, I decided that I would officially stop nursing when my daughter turned one.
Well… she turned one but started teething and was so miserable that I kept breastfeeding. Then a couple of months passed and I wanted to stop but my daughter got a terrible cold and was sick for almost two weeks. She barely ate any food so I decided to just keep nursing. The next month, four teeth decided to come in at once so, you guessed it, I kept on nursing. The excuses go on and on.
The point is, I am still nursing my 22-month-old daughter 1-2 times a day and I am OVER it.
I feel like she is kind of holding me hostage at this point because every time we try to wean her, she has a major meltdown and I cave-in. I have nursed her to bed every night since she was born even though parenting books say not to… But I love being able to hold her and just look at her face while she is calm and sleepy. However, even I have to admit that the time has come.
I have done some research on weaning but I haven’t found any tips that have helped me so far. Therefore, I would love some real-world suggestions if you have any experience successfully weaning your toddler. I would love to know how you did it and will be forever grateful for the advice!
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Thanks in advance mamas!
Until next time…
Victoria Hefty, Founder of Philly Baby Bump.
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